Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, February 6, 2017
Regular meeting at 6:00 p.m.



I.    Call to Order; The meeting was called to order at 6:10 PM.

II.    Roll Call
Members: Lindsay Barksdale, Larry Johnston, Jiselle Kenny, Kirk Stapp, Bill Taylor
Members absent: John Wentworth
Staff: Jennifer Halferty and Patricia Robertson
Public: Tom Hodges, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area; Dan Holler, Town Manager; Rob Patterson, Finance Director

III.    Public Comments
Tom Hodges commented that MMSA has approached MLH to work on potentially applying for grant funding to put a 1 acre parcel that they own on Arrowhead Rd. into production for workforce housing. He noted that MMSA had plans for a potential 3-story project of 24 units (or 192 beds) with underground parking that they would be willing to share. Kirk Stapp asked what the Mountain’s highest needs were. Tom Hodges explained that certainly during the peak ski season there was a high need for seasonal housing, a dormitory-style product, that is close to transit and town services, but that there was also need for year-round employees as well. Kirk Stapp noted that once we understand the Mountain’s needs we can begin to see what grants may be available.

IV.    Approval of minutes from January 3, 2017 Regular Board meeting
Larry Johnston made a motion to approve the minutes. Lindsay Barksdale seconded the motion. The motion passed 4-0. Jiselle Kenny abstained.

V.    Board Member reports
Bill Taylor reported that the multiuse path by Aspen Village apartments is being used for snow storage and that pedestrians are walking in the road. Jennifer Halferty explained that she has had multiple conversations with Town staff and Council members, highlighting that the tenants in Building A cannot access their homes. She explained that the property manager at Aspen Village apartments has already paid a crew to clear the path and store the snow once, but that it has been filled in again.

Lindsay Barksdale reported that she attended a Downtown Working Group meeting at Mammoth Mountain where there was discussion about multiple issues related to downtown including parking and Floor Area Ratio (FAR). Kirk Stapp reported that he also attended the Downtown Working Group meeting and that there was general consensus about the need for workforce housing. He explained that in 2013-14, Winter Company produced a report about Main Street which outlined how to divide the frontage road into private property, in an effort to promote the relocation of businesses closer to the Main Street curb. He noted that businesses will not upgrade and investment will not come into downtown until the unknown issues surrounding the frontage road are resolved.

VI.    MLH monthly status report
Jennifer Halferty, Executive Director, reported that this Wednesday, February 8th, the Planning and Economic Development Commission (PEDC) will hold a meeting during which there will be an update on the Downtown Revitalization public engagement tools by the consultant Darin Dinsmore. This process included a survey which has received a total of 237 respondents so far, who have given 4-5 pages of comments related to workforce housing.

She announced that today the Town red-tagged an apartment building on Mountain Boulevard and 8 tenants are left without a home. The Mammoth Lakes Housing waitlist for apartments currently has 49 households which is more than a 40% increase from the same time last year.

The Meridian Court unit was listed by the agent at the deed restricted indexed price last week and currently has two offers.

The Strategic Growth Council, who oversees the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program which is funded through Cap & Trade, announced that they will release a NOFA in either June or July.

Lindsay Barksdale asked if the Bishop HOME Program, which has expired will be renewed. Jennifer Halferty explained that no one was funded to purchase a home within the City of Bishop under the current contract. Much of this had to do with the Purchase Price Maximum, determined by the State, being below market value. Once the Purchase Price Maximum more closely reflects the market in Bishop, the City can re-apply for funding under the HOME Program.

VII.    Review of Town of Mammoth Lakes Community Housing Action Plan; Live, Work, Thrive Proposal
Bill Taylor asked for clarification regarding whether or not the “excel model” noted in the scope was the same as the Community Housing Snapshot database that will provide information regarding properties, zoning, and nightly rentals. Jennifer Halferty confirmed that staff is working on the details regarding the Community Housing Snapshot database, which will require a separate scope, timeline, and budget.

Kirk Stapp explained his concerns regarding the Hispanic Outreach noted on page 11 of the scope. Jennifer Halferty reassured the Board that staff would be able to reach the Hispanic community through the El Foro meetings held by Mono County Social Services, the Monday Messenger through the schools, and MLH staff that speak Spanish.

VIII.    Review of Mammoth Lakes Housing and Sierra Housing Advocates second quarter financial statements
The Board reviewed the financial statements.

IX.    Adjourn; The meeting was adjourned at 6:48 PM.